Welcome to the website for the ‘Fascism and the International’ Project - an ongoing collaboration aimed at developing new ways of getting at the past and present of fascism, and more effective strategies for resisting the violent, discriminatory and totalitarian order that fascism sought, and seeks, to consolidate.

With support from the Australian Research Council, Melbourne Law School, Kent Law School and Gothenburg University the project brings together scholars, artists and activists from all over the world working in and across the fields of international law, history, history of art, international relations, postcolonial studies, sociology, anthropology, political theory, geography, sound studies, feminist studies, queer theory, critical race theory and beyond in a series of workshops and other collaborations.

Workshop No. 1, 18-20 June 2017, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City.

Fascism and the International - The Global Order Yesterday and Tomorrow:

Responded to the rapid re-centring of self-consciously fascist thinking and practice witnessed in recent years; explored some of the historical connections between the emergence of fascism and the formal division of the world, over the course of five centuries, into an assemblage of individuals, companies, nation-states and commodities; examined fascism’s interpellative mechanisms, both aesthetic and normative, and its capacity to take root far beyond its European ‘homeland’. Programme available at this link.

Keynotes from:

  • Mark Antliff

  • Rafael Barajas Durán (‘El Fisgon’)

Workshop No. 2, 24-26 May 2018, West Space, 225 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

‘Speeches Punctuated with Resounding Slaps’ - Law, Expansion, Hierarchy, Resistance:

Explored some of the project’s concrete implications for critique (in theory) and resistance (in practice), in collaboration with Liquid Architecture and the Italian Cultural Institute. We asked: Are the ‘speeches’ of our leaders (so quickly congealed into ‘hard’ international law) necessarily ‘punctuated with resounding slaps’(to borrow a sound-image from the Futurists’ proto-fascist war on ‘passéism’)?* Must we meet this violence, meted out by law, with more law or with more violence? Are there other tools at our disposal? Programme available at this link.

Keynotes from:

  • Mark Antliff

  • Helena Chavez Mac Gregor

  • Luciano Chessa

  • Martti Koskenniemi

  • Patricia Leighten

  • Gregor Noll

  • Anne Orford

Workshop No. 3: FORTHCOMING, June 2019, Gothenburg (T.B.C)

Preparations are underway for the third ‘Fascism and the International’ Workshop, which is being organised in collaboration with the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The call for papers will be announced in early 2019.


* F. T. Marinetti, U. Boccioni, C. Carrà & L. Russolo, Contro Venezia passatista, 27 April 1910.

Image: Umberto Boccioni, Forme uniche della continuità nello spazio, 1913.